Take The Family Or Friends Fishing On Free Fishing Weekend June 3-4.

There will be a Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon on June 3-4 – making it the perfect weekend to take a friend or family member out fishing, crabbing or clamming.

During this weekend, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon.

“Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for friends and families to get out and enjoy a day or two of fishing,” said Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fisheries manager. “Lakes and ponds are fully stocked, rivers and streams are open for trout, and don’t forget about the coast for crabbing and clamming.”

Although no licenses or tags are required, all other regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions.

Free Fishing Weekend also aligns with State Parks Day on Saturday, June 3, so if you’re going camping in an Oregon State Park this weekend, be sure to pack your fishing, crabbing or clamming gear, Gauvin said.

Several state parks will be hosting ODFW Free Fishing Weekend fishing events and State Parks is waiving park admission and camping fees in many parks on “State Parks Day” Saturday, June 3.

For the do-it-yourselfer there are hundreds of lakes and rivers, and hundreds of miles of coastline to explore. ODFW’s extensive website offers information about how and where to fish for trout, bass, steelhead and surfperch, to name a few.

Anglers will find:

The Learn to Fish page describing what you’ll need, how to do it and where to go.
Weekly updates of current fishing conditions in the Weekly Recreation Report.
Great spots to take the family fishing in Easy Angling Oregon.
Trout stocking schedules and Google-based maps of all stocking locations.
Local guides describing 50 or so places to fish near Bend, Lane County, Medford, Portland and Roseburg.
For the new angler, ODFW and its partners will be sponsoring Free Fishing Weekend events throughout the state. At most events there will be free fishing equipment first-time anglers can use. Volunteers will be available to help, from baiting the hook to landing the catch. For a complete list of events with times and locations, go to the ODFW website.

“Even if you’ve never cast a line or baited a hook, we can show you how to fish,” Gauvin said.

The following scheduled Free Fishing Weekend events will take place on Saturday, June 3, unless otherwise noted.


Alton Baker Canal/Eugene, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Katherine Nordholm, 541-726-3515 ext. 28
Benson State Recreation Area/Columbia Gorge, 9 a.m.-noon, Mo Czinger, 503-969-8853
Detroit Reservoir/Hoover Campground, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Isaac Morris, 503-854-3522
Gnat Creek Fish Hatchery/Claskanie, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mike Hazen, 503-455-2234
Henry Hagg Lake/Gaston, 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Will Warren, 503-453-0521
Henry Hagg Lake/Gaston, 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (SUNDAY, June 4), Will Warren, 503-453-0521
Silverton Reservoir, (anglers with disabilities event) 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Jon Debo, 503-932-7699
Silverton Together Fishing Event, Silverton Reservoir, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dawn Olson, 503-873-2681
St. Louis Ponds/Gervais, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Jeff Fulop, 971-673-6024
Timber Linn Memorial Park/Albany, 9 a.m.-noon, Jack Rice, 503-394-2496
Willamette Fish Hatchery/Oakridge 9 a.m.-noon, Tami Edmunds, 541-782-2933

Cleawox Lake/Honeyman State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Christine Clapp, 541-265-8306, ext. 253
Coffenbury Lake/Ft. Stevens State Park, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dane Osis, 503-861-3170
Hebo Lake, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Luke Haworth, 503-392-5141
Nedonna Pond/Rockaway, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Brian Johnson, 503-368-6828
Olalla Reservoir/Toledo, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Christine Clapp, 541-265-8306, ext. 253
Trask Hatchery/Tillamook, 8 .am.-3 p.m., James Skaar, 503-842-4090

Arizona Pond/Port Orford, 8 a.m.-noon (SUNDAY, June 4), David Chambers, 541-332-7025
Cooper Creek/Sutherlin, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Diamond Lake, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Eel Lake/Tugman State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Antonio Salgado, 541-888-5515
Galesville Reservoir, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (SUNDAY, June 4), Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Hyatt Lake/Mountain View Shelter, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Diana Bauman, 541-772-4970
Lake Marie/Reedsport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (SUNDAY, June 4), Evan Leonetti, 541-440-3353
Lake Selmac/Selma, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Judy Lollich, 541-295-7700
Libby Pond/Gold Beach, 8 a.m.-noon, John Weber, 541-247-7605
Thissel Pond/Alsea, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Jen Krajcik, 541-487-5512

Caldera Springs/Sun River, 9 a.m.-noon, Tim Foulk, 541-593-1510
Klamath Hatchery/Chiloquin, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Greg Lipsiea, 541-381-2278
Lake of the Woods/Klamath Falls, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., George Gregory, 541-949-8300
Pine Nursery Pond/Bend, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Jen Luke, 541-388-6366
Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery/Camp Sherman, 9 a.m.-noon, Luke Allen, 541-595-6611

203 Pond/Baker City, 9 a.m.-noon, Shannon Archuleta, 541-523-1385
Marr Pond/Enterprise, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ron Harrod, 541-426-4467
McHaley Pond/Prairie City, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Brent Smith, 541-575-1167

Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023, su.ro.etatsnull@llas.acissej
Mike Gauvin (503) 947- 6214, su.ro.etatsnull@nivuag.w.leahcim

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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